PETS Travel Scheme compliance checklist
Making sure your Pet passport is completed correctly
Here's what must be checked by pet owners and vets to ensure compliance with the Pet Travel Scheme. If any of these details are incomplete or incorrect, then the animal will be refused travel. A muzzle is also compulsory on all routes.
Since 1st January 2012, the rules for bringing a pet dog, cat or ferret into the UK have changed. The most up to date information with regard to these changes can be found on the DEFRA website.
Any alterations to pet passports must be signed and stamped by the vet making the correction to be acceptable for travel.
Passport Section III - Identification of animal
The microchip number
The microchip number of the animal must be identical to the microchip number on the pet passport.
The date of microchipping
The date of microchipping MUST be shown as being on or before the date of initial vaccination against rabies.
Passport Section IV - Vaccination against rabies
All boxes must be completed:
- Manufacturer and name of vaccine
- Vaccination date and expiry date
- Signature and stamp of authorized vet
The voyage to the UK must take place before the 'valid until' date of the last booster vaccination.
The vaccination must be done after the microchipping. The length of the waiting period before movement between any European country is 21 days after the first vaccination date. A waiting period is not required for subsequent entries into the UK, provided rabies boosters are kept up to date. If the vaccination is in two parts the 21 day wait will be from the date of the second vaccination. Travel from the UK is also not permitted until 21 days have elapsed.
Passport Section V - Rabies Serological Test
Not required since 01/01/12.
Passport Section VI - Tick Treatment
Not required since 01/01/12.
Passport Section VII - Tapeworm Treatment
All boxes must be filled in:
- Manufacturer and name of product
- Date of the treatment in the upper box
- Time of the treatment in the lower box
- Stamp and signature of the vet
Dogs - The treatment must have been carried out 24 - 120 hours before arrival in the UK.
Cats/Ferrets - No longer required.
Standard certification rules apply to completion of the passport:
- No correction fluid
- No alterations without initial and stamp
- Completed in ink
Passengers travelling with dogs
One of the most common problems we see is the mistiming of the tapeworm treatment. Please pay special attention to the 'treatment window', ie 24-120 hours before scheduled arrival in the UK making sure you have arranged an appointment with the vet within the required time. Please be aware of weekend opening times and local holidays
Useful external links
Full details and regulations about the transport of dogs & cats back into the UK on the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) without putting them into quarantine.
Provide helpful advice from applying for a PETS passport to tips on travelling with your pet(s), as well as offering appointment booking services for Vets in France & Spain.